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Val di Tovo Express

Trail running · Garda Trentino
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  • Forest road to Bocca di Tovo
    / Forest road to Bocca di Tovo
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
  • / The trail to Bocca di Tovo
    Photo: Archivio APT Garda Trentino (Ph. A. Seneci), Garda Trentino
  • / Val di Tovo
    Photo: Garda Trentino Trail, Garda Trentino
  • / Val di Tovo
    Photo: Garda Trentino Trail, Garda Trentino
  • / Val di Tovo
    Photo: Garda Trentino Trail, Garda Trentino
  • / Val di Tovo
    Photo: Garda Trentino Trail, Garda Trentino
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A challenging ascent along the Tovo valley, over ups & downs with panoramic views of the upper lake
Distance 13.8 km
3:40 h
1,353 m
1,353 m
1,095 m
79 m
Along the ancient road that connected Arco with Treni (traces of carts can still be seen in some places) you reach two panoramic points on the upper lake: the first, at Croce di Bondiga, also affords a view of Mount Misone in all its grandeur. The second, the Belvedere that can be reached by descending from the Bocca di Tovo (look out for the small deviation on the right that can be seen near a lookout for hunters) offers a view that embraces the entire Busa (Riva Arco, Lake Garda) and a vantage point for admiring the Ledrensi Prealps (all the crests from the top of Mount Rocchetta, which also hosts the GardatrentinoTrail).

The descent from Bocca di Tovo alternates between very easy sections on wide forest paths and others that are steeper and more technical (the "cuts" in the forest and the whole fun final part of the descent, a single track through the woods).

Fountains in Vigne and Varignano and in Val di Tovo. 

Author’s recommendation

The Val di Tovo road was the ancient road leading to Val Lomasona and it still has its original typical cobbled surface. 
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Update: January 10, 2022
Highest point
Bocca di Tovo, 1,095 m
Lowest point
Vigne, 79 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Maso Le 4 Stagioni
Pizzeria Ristorante Centrale

Safety information

The information on this chart is subject to inevitable variations, so this means that none of the indications are absolute. It is not entirely possible to avoid giving inexact or imprecise information, given how quickly environmental and weather conditions can change. For this reason, we decline any responsibility for changes which the user may encounter. In any case, the hiker is advised to check the conditions of the places, environment and weather before setting out.

Tips and hints

For more information on routes and services: guides, shops and outdoor friendly friendly accommodation:  APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444  


Vigne - Arco (80 m)
45.919678, 10.865394
45°55'10.8"N 10°51'55.4"E
32T 644649 5086815


Vigne - Arco

Turn-by-turn directions

From the car park at the sports ground in Vigne, turn right to reach the little church in the village and from there climb along the olive grove to join the main road that heads up towards Padaro/San Giovanni al Monte. Go downhill to the left and shortly afterwards turn right towards Olif del Botes/Val di Tovo, continuing on the trail to the Croce di Bondiga, which you reach after a long climb along the Val di Tovo. 

From the Croce di Bondiga, continue to the right uphill towards Bocca di Tovo and, after a cemented section, take the path on the right. When you reach MALGA TOVO, continue across the meadow and take the path that enters the forest you can see in front of you towards the Bocca. Continue along the forest road and keep to the right, which will lead you to a wide clearing in the woods. Take the trail you’ll see at the end of it. Keep to the right at the forks to land back on the path leading to Olif del Botes; before you get there, take the first diversion on the right and descend onto the tarmac road that leads back to Varignano and finally to the car park at Vigne.  


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


The towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Torbole sul Garda and Arco – are connected by several urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point or in the immediate surroundings.

For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes:    

Getting there

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino:    


Parking space at the beginning of the trail 


45.919678, 10.865394
45°55'10.8"N 10°51'55.4"E
32T 644649 5086815
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Garda Trentino TREKKING Map - On sale in information offices in Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole 


Basic Equipment for Trail Running

  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Comfortable running shoes
  • Trail running socks
  • Vest pack
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Sunglasses
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Headlamp
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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13.8 km
3:40 h
1,353 m
1,353 m
Highest point
1,095 m
Lowest point
79 m
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